South Luangwa

Chindeni Bushcamp


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Chindeni is a handsome tented camp on the edge of an oxbow lagoon where hippos snort and elephants wallow.

Intimate and comfortable, four wood and canvas tents capture the adventurous spirit of the bush, opening out over the water where the wildlife comes to you.

You can also settle back with a gin-and-tonic in the central lounge and dining area – a glorious expanse of decking arranged on several levels around the surrounding ebony trees.

Whether you are in the mood for intrepid exploration or perhaps some more relaxed wildlife viewing, Chindeni will deliver as you explore the remote south of the park on drives and expertly guided walks.


At a glance

  • Four tents

  • Central dining area, deck and bar

  • Solar powered

  • Open from May to December



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    Game drives

    Explore the rich diversity and incredible wildlife of South Luangwa on a game drive. On four wheels, you’ll cover as much of the region as possible and maximise your game-viewing.

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    Night drives

    At night, a whole new cast of characters fills the landscape of the South Luangwa. With the help of a spotlight, take to the road and see what you can find.

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    Walking safaris

    The walking safari was born in South Luangwa, so it’s only fitting that many of your outings will be on foot with the very finest guides. Encountering elephants and giraffes on foot is an unforgettable experience.

Community & Culture

In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools – Chiwawatala Primary School in Mfuwe Village and Chilongozi Primary School in a remote area close to their camps. Since then, the company has embarked on 25 years of conservation & community involvement and donated over 6 million US dollars to local projects.

These include meal programs providing 2,500 children a day with lunch, scholarships, and infrastructure improvements for local schools, and better access to medical support, clean water and health education, we take a holistic approach to creating improved opportunities for the community that serve their immediate needs but also considering how these give long-term support.

All guests of the Chindeni contribute to the Luangwa Community & Conservation Fund through the nightly conservation and community levy. If however, you would like to get involved in other ways or offer further support, there are many opportunities.


Conservation activities include anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and training, wildlife research and surveys, and tree planting initiatives. This includes working with Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), as they continue their efforts to protect and save South Luangwa’s wildlife and natural resources.


By its very nature, the bushcamp has an incredibly light footprint and uses solar power for lighting, battery charging and hot water. The Bushcamp Company also run an organic farm that provide fresh and seasonal fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs for our kitchen without the added carbon footprint of transporting produce. As well as providing produce for the lodge, the Farm also provides training and employment to our local community. Some highlights include honey from 35 beehives, delectable preserves and fresh mangos. Organic food waste, garden clippings and fire ash is turned into mulch.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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